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November 6, 2022

A Good Work

As an artist, I enjoy the process of creating art as much as the satisfaction of seeing a project finished. I find delight in choosing a color palette and making each...

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November 5, 2022

Never Give Up

I have a guava tree in my garden that bears tasty fruit every year. In addition to fruit, this tree produces shade and attracts birds. After a strong windstorm last summer,...

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November 4, 2022

My Place of Safety

My husband and I are preparing for retirement and a major move, all during the COVID-19 pandemic. The world outside of my home feels chaotic. At the same time, the world...

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November 3, 2022


When I was in college, it was my habit to use the teachers’ chalk to write a short message on the blackboard after class. I hoped my messages would bless someone....

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November 2, 2022

Never Too Old

“Don’t you think the people on our church prayer list would like to know that we’re praying for them?” my grandmother asked one Sunday morning. And for the next six years,...

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November 1, 2022

A Cloud of Witnesses

I have enjoyed watching videos of choirs from around the world as they sing hymns, some particular to their own cultures and others familiar to almost all Christians. In one video,...

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October 31, 2022

A Prophecy of Spring

Winter can be a challenge in Norway. We have only a couple hours of sunshine each day which means it is largely cold and quiet. Even the birds are silent with...

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October 30, 2022

Do Not Be Anxious

As a young married couple, we had a tight budget. When an emergency home repair left us without grocery money, I was sick with worry. I sat on our farmhouse stoop...

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October 29, 2022

Worth It

Two bushes stood in our yard, brittle, dry, and close to dying. The weather had turned hot, and in the busyness of daily chores I had failed to water them. Could...

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October 28, 2022

Sufficient Grace

Since 2004 I have suffered from chronic pain due to an injury to my left leg. I have visited many doctors and tried various treatments and medications, but nothing has helped....

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This season, Whitney R. Simpson has given us the gift we must open: a clear, accessible invitation to connect with the divine spark that is within us. This is the best present: being present for Jesus’ birth, God made human.”

Learn more about our newest Advent resource, Fully Human, Fully Divine here.